Following the success of 1991's Nevermind, Kurt Cobain and producer Steve Albini wanted to make a record that predated polished, commercial sounding tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that took over the radio and launched Nirvana to success. By this time, Cobain was struggling with fame. At its c ... More >>
Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>
We love the arts. We love Nirvana. We love when people paint portraits of Kurt Cobain that don't resemble him at all. Please enjoy this selection of fan art for sale on etsy. And artists, please don't be discouraged...we offer our suggestion of a comparable celebrity who your painting really resembl ... More >>
A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>
For those of you who may or may not know, tonight in New York City is the granddaddy of all Sandy concerts. Taking place at Madison Square Garden, tonight's show will feature some of the biggest names in music history including (drumroll please) Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Eri ... More >>
'Off the Record' features music-inspired artwork that sometimes sings, sometimes is out of tune
As many of you know by now, Tupac performed at this year's edition of Coachella via hologram. When he appeared, the much-intoxicated crowd did not know what to do. It was as if Tupac had died and rose again (to many conspiracy theorists, that was a literal take). Now that we know how Dr. Dre and AV ... More >>
Kurt Cobain died 18 years ago today. Excuse me while I catch my breath and shake my head in disbelief. It's still unfathomable that after only three years in the spotlight, and in the midst of his creative prime that the Nirvana singer committed suicide. Enough stories have been written about him, b ... More >>
[Mental Notes] The news that kept us talking this year
On Sunday night, Courtney Love launched into an insane rant in the middle of a Hole set at Sao Paulo's SMU Festival after a fan waved a Kurt Cobain poster in front of her.
Shonen KnifeIt's been three decades since beloved all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife formed, and although they have only one remaining original member, singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano, they still pump out an endearing mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy that has attracted fans all ov ... More >>
Is Frances Bean Cobain engaged to local band The Rambles' Isaiah Silva? According to various sources around town--and Facebook--yes. Sources say that the two, who have been dating for more than a year, changed their relationship status on the social networking site to engaged a few weeks ago. Alt ... More >>
Funk pioneer Sly Stone announced in the New York Post this week that he's homeless. Fans are lamenting Stone's predicament, but we see it as karmic retribution for the annoying omnipresence of his music (those who have heard "Everyday People" 90 times during a morning commute can relate).
Most people who grew up in the early '80s were lucky enough to witness MTV's revolutionary images but for many of us, who were just in grade school at the time, the cutting-edge visuals that appeared before us were too conceptual for us to comprehend. It wasn't until the early '90s (when we ... More >>
[Mental Notes] RIP renowned Chicano artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan
27 is rock and roll's most hazardous number.On Saturday, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive club after the five-time Grammy winner was found dead in her London home at the age of 27. It is the age at which a number of pop stars have died from overdoses, suicides, murders, or in some cases, just ... More >>
Rolling Stone reported today that the Aberdeen city council in Washington state, is considering a proposal to name a local bridge and park in honor of late grungeman Kurt Cobain. The public works conveyance up for honor is the Young Street Bridge which according to legend is the sa ... More >>
Over the last decade, Hollywood has pumped out an increasing number of music biopics, treating us to everything from enjoyable theatrical hits (8 Mile) to wobbly, tear-jerking cable duds (Take Me Home: The John Denver Story). With Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and Clash movies in the works and rumor ... More >>
Ahh, Kurt Cobain, we miss you so. Seventeen years after your death, commemorative Tweets and blogs are standard issue, but some people went the extra mile. (Probably not the extra mile the Nirvana frontman would've wanted, but oh well.)
Renzo Podesta; Inset: W. Scott ForbesThere's a perverse romance to the rock 'n' roll aesthetic of living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse. The fatalistic edict is both empowering and life-affirming, even if it's ultimately just an over-the-top, immature "fuck you" to one's mort ... More >>
www.myspace.com/dannyjohnstonAustin singer, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston's six-album box set is due on June 22 (via Munster Records). Johnston became the musical and artistic elite's best kept secret in the early '80s; he self-distributed a series of home-recorded songs embellished with ... More >>
Andrew YoussefPearl Jam at the Gibson Amphitheater last SeptemberThere was a time when leveling the word "sellout" at a band was the equivalent of pinning a scarlet letter to a musician's leather jacket. For some of those bands who made it big in the '90s, fame was ostensibly a lamentable state o ... More >>
Pavement fans: the reunion that hits Coachella has begun (in New Zealand). Stereogum has the set list. Coachella co-headliners Gorillaz debut video for "Stylo"--first single off Plastic Beach album out March 9--starring everybody's favorite action hero Bruce Willis in bad guy role. Click to watch ... More >>
"I see dead celebrities."Twitter has many uses: spreading important information and breaking news. Seeing super-awesome iPhone pictures from concerts that we're attending. Letting us know when Ashley Tisdale is getting her hair done. But now the limits of Twitter's power will truly be tested, as ... More >>
Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has been heavily involved in politics since the death of Kurt Cobain. On Wednesday, he filed to run for county clerk of Wahkiakum County (it's in Washington, and no, I don't know how to pronounce that) as a member of the Grange party. Novoselic is reportedly ru ... More >>
About a Son’s Director Portrays the Late Nirvana Front Man Through Other People’s Music
Various Artists, Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Barsuk)
Director A.J. Schnack will be releasing his new documentary Kurt Cobain: About A Son in early October. The film will consist of scenic footage from the Washington cities Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle (where Cobain lived), along with audio recordings done from a series of interviews conducted by jour ... More >>
The Melvins plow back through town with a (sort of) new lineup but the same old sound
The vaults of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon COMBINED got nothing on those fab Nixon tapes -- now on their way to Yorba Linda! Recent listenings revealed that: * The Dick referred to the Warren Commission report that concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone killing JFK as "the greatest ho ... More >>
The deeply disturbed life and times of a musical prodigy
OC life is not the life for D.I.
Arty Last Days misses out on Cobains populist passion
Gus Van Sant resurrects the ever enigmatic Kurt Cobain with a lyrical blast from the avant-garde
A former Dawsons Creek star tackles a mythic musician with willful incoherence
Gus Van Sant and the Last Days of Kurt Cobain
Shonen Knife put some sweetness in your life
From Christopher Shinns On the Mountain, Sophocles wavers in the distance
Box set sheds new light on playful, pubescent, private side of Nirvana
Holy Ghost Revivals vampy punk melodrama
Kurt Cobains Journals
They saved Kurt Cobains pain
Or is his art his life?
Or is he just scamming us?
Love! Peace! Naivete!
How to be part of the Zeitgeist without being onto it